| A Brief History of Herbs:
The use of herbs for nutritional and general therapy has been known for over 5,000 years. Shen Nung, the Emperor of the Shen Nung Dynasty (3494 B.C.) harvested, tasted and codified wild-growing medicinal herbs. Since then Chinese herbal medicine has grown from an empirical practice to a sophisticated systematic method of classification.
| "On December 14-16, 1994, in Washington
DC, there was a symposium on Botanical Medicine sponsored by the National
Institute of Health (NIH), the office of Alternative Medicine (OAM), and the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The purpose of the meeting was to better
define how herbs can be integrated into conventional healthcare. Devra Lee
Davis, who is the senior advisor to the assistant secretary of health, pointed
out that cancer therapy has not changed much in the last 30 years and that
herbal medicine contains great promise for that and other diseases. "
(California Society for Oriental Medicine.)
When shifting our outlook from an orientation of disease treatment to treatment according to the Constitutional Therapy, we must change our attitude towards the use of herbs. Herbs are taken in a different manner than drugs. Drugs are discontinued the moment the condition is resolved, whereas herbs in a Constitutional Therapy should be taken for a longer period of time. In the West, herbs used for promoting health are normally absent from our daily intake due to cultural standards. In Asia, all foods are classified in the same way as herbs and are blended in daily use for the improvement of health and well-being.
It is not intended here that Chinese herbs replace other healing methods, rather that the Constitutional Therapy can be used as an adjunct to virtually any other system.
© Herbal Balance Program, Inc. 1997